Unfortunately for us vegans, pizza covered in loads of yummy, stringy cheese is not an option. For me, cheese has been the most difficult temptation to overcome. Even after all of these years I still find cheese lures me! One day when I had been missing pizza terribly, I came across a mushroom and veggie no cheese pizza by Amy. Even without the cheese it was delicious but also $11 for a small! For a while when the temptation for pizza hit I would pick one up but it didn’t seem worth the money.
When visiting my sister one afternoon she offered to make us pizzas. She would buy the pizza crusts from the grocery store which also came with the marinara sauce, then put whatever toppings she wanted on them! Why I never thought of this before I wasn’t sure but I was ready to give it a shot! I got 2 crusts and the sauce for $4, then would just buy whatever veggies I wanted to top it with. I still missed ‘real’ pizza but this satisfied the majority of my pizza cravings.
Now it’s been a year since I started making my own pizzas and I’m still missing the cheese! Pizza just isn’t pizza without the ooey gooey goodness of cheese! Sure there are vegetarian cheeses available but many of them aren’t vegan. The few that I’ve found that are, taste like chemicals or don’t melt. So lately I’ve started crumbling seasoned tofu over my pizza. Although it doesn’t necessarily taste like cheese it does adds some extra density to the pizza kind of tricking my brain in to believing the pizza isn’t missing anything. Plus it is pretty yummy!
To make your own pizza with crumbled tofu first get a bowl out and put a few shakes of parsley, oregano, sage and basil in it. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then go on to crumbling 1/3 package of firm tofu in to the bowl. Use your fingers to mix the tofu, making sure the spices cover it well. Set aside. Next cover your pizza crust in sauce and toppings of your choice. Finally sprinkle your crumbled tofu on top of your pizza, cook and enjoy!